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Russian born Irina Lyakhovskaya, known to her friends as Irishka, will play Grieg’s Piano concerto with the Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, 7th March at 2.30 in Pershore Abbey.

Irishka came to London in 2000. She loves living here and also enjoys the warmer weather after life in St Petersburg!

Irishka has given many performances at leading international venues across Europe and the UK. She performs all the major piano concertos, as well as a wide repertoire of solo and chamber works. She has appeared on BBC radio and television.

Recently, Irina has taken up horse riding - a lifelong dream ever since reading The Three Musketeers as a child. She now rides regularly and comes to the beautiful Black Mountains in Wales for hacks whenever her busy schedule allows.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Irishka play. Tickets £12 at www.ticketsource.co.uk/worcesterphilharmonicorchestra booking fee applies.
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2 weeks ago

Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra

... preparing to welcome Irina to next week's rehearsal 🎹🎻

** Due to structural work at Pershore Abbey, we suggest you book and arrive early for this popular programme. **
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Meet the orchestra!

David Brierley joined the viola section of the Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002.

His dad was a professor at the Royal Northern College, who arranged an amazing teacher for David. Rudolf Botta was a wonderful violinist who had escaped from Hungary in the 1956 Uprising. He was a political activist and had spent time in prison. Arriving at the Hungarian border with his family, two violins, and the clothes they stood up in, Rudolf bribed the guard with a bottle of whisky and the guard let them escape. The family finished up in a refugee camp in South Manchester. Through an article in the Manchester Evening News, David’s dad heard about their plight, and secured Rudolf a job at the Royal Northern College. In gratitude, Rudolf gave David free violin lessons!

David became a scientist and moved to Malvern to join Qinetiq. Since arriving here he has learnt to tune pianos and make violins. Today David plays on a viola he made himself.

Photo by Michael Whitefoot Photography
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More from Joe!

Who inspired you to take up music as a career?
I’m asked this a lot, and the honest answer is I have no idea – I’ve never considered pursuing anything else so have never had to justify pursuing music! I guess it might be the effect I’ve seen music have on myself and others around me – nothing else in modern culture can, in my opinion, cause the range of emotions that music does.

Did you have a teacher at school whose teaching continues to influence you? (not necessarily music)
Yes, I was lucky to have lots of inspiring music teachers growing up. My second cello teacher, Sue Beeby, was a wonderful human being and a fantastic musician: I was starting to get disillusioned with lugging a ‘coffin’ (i.e. my cello case) on and off the school bus twice a day, but she taught me that it was worth it! Later, I had brilliant academic tutors in Sixth Form and University, Andrew Fowler and Roger Allen, each of whom I could talk with about music for many, many hours!

Follow this page to find out more about Joe. Which sports teams does he support? And lots more later!

📸 Photograph by Michael Whitefoot Photography 📸
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1 month ago

Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra

Severn Arts (formerly Worcestershire Youth Music) is where many of our members and followers will have started their playing days. Please encourage any young players you know to join in!Looking for a music group to join? We run brass, woodwind and stringed instrument groups in Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Malvern and Worcester for children and young people and are really keen to have new people joining us! You just need to be a competent beginner. For more information see www.severnarts.org.uk/pupils/services/groups-orchestras-and-bands/ Membership for the first term (which starts next Monday, 13 January) is FREE!

Picture - Bromsgrove Music Centre students
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